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Don’t let kids out your of sight

Don’t let kids out your of sight

For children the summer holidays should be a happy time of lazy days and swimming. For some children and their parents, however, they are a time of hardship and even tragedy.

he summer holidays are all about winding down from a tough year and fun in the sun.  But accidents involving children can happen in a moment, and sometimes end in tragedy.

Not just drowning

According to Peter Feurstein, Operations Director, Netcare 911, the medical emergency service handles a range of different child related emergencies over the school holidays...

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Mom’s drinking tied to infant deaths, study finds

Mom’s drinking tied to infant deaths, study finds

About one in six sudden infant deaths may be linked to their mothers’ heavy alcohol use during or soon after pregnancy, according to a new study from Australia.

Researchers found those deaths may result from babies being exposed to alcohol in the womb and from alcohol-using mothers creating hazardous environments for the babies after birth.

«One of the morals of the story is that parents should be very careful about drinking alcohol, especially if you’re a single parent because there is no other parent to back you up,» said David Phillips, a professor at the University of California, San Diego...

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Old wives’ tales about pregnancy and babies: Believable or silly?

Old wives’ tales about pregnancy and babies:  Believable or silly?

You might have heard some old wives’ tales when you were pregnant, and they don’t stop even when your baby is here. What old wives’ tales have been simply silly, and which ones seem to have a grain of truth to them?

WHICH TALES ARE TRUE?

So, a needle or ring can predict the sex of your baby, huh? This is just one example of oodles of old wives’ tales that surround fertility, conception, pregnancy and childbirth — many of which are handed down from mother to daughter through a long-held oral tradition. Some are just plain silly  but moms swear by others that ring true for t...

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Scaring the kids

Scaring the kids

A terrified and weeping child woken by nightmares. It’s the stock late-night wake-up call for parents.

Can you hear that familiar beat of little feet thumping up the long dark hall to the master bedroom? It always comes in the deadest heart of night. When the wind is picking up leaves and blowing them down the sideway and past the window, the urgent rustling sounding like a lost ghoul searching for souls to snatch, for brains to eat.

Can you hear that familiar beat of little feet thumping up the long dark hall to the master bedroom?

What parent doesn’t know the eerie feeling of waking to a s...

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Reduce your radiation risk

Reduce your radiation risk

Learn how to protect your baby from the unseen dangers of X-rays, cellphones and other high-tech gadgets.

Last spring, as the tsunami-damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began leaking radioactive particles, that nation’s pregnant women ran for the hills — or at least for faraway cities like Osaka. Moms-to-be in the U.S. are safely distant from fallout or food contamination, but what about X-rays and their high-energy ionizing radiation that damages DNA? Or the low-energy microwave radiation from cellphones and Wi-Fi?

If you are concerned about radiation risk...

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State with the highest teen pregnancy rate is …

State with the highest teen pregnancy rate is …

Teen pregnancy rates are highest in New Mexico and lowest in New Hampshire, according to a new report on the most current state-level data on pregnancy, birthrates and abortions among 15- to 19-year-olds.

The data is from 2008, the most current year that comprehensive information is available, according to the reproductive rights agency the Guttmacher Institute. Though 16 states did see an increase in teen pregnancies between 2005 and 2008, the analysis suggests that overall rates are continuing their decades-long decline.

«There are a few key factors driving the long-term declines in teen pre...

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Children cannot be left in cars

Children cannot be left in cars

Ever dashed into a shop leaving a sleeping baby in the car? I think we’ve all been guilty of that but have you ever stopped to consider why children are not to be left alone in cars? Do you have any idea how long it takes for a car to heat up to temperatures that are deadly for babies and small children? Do you know how many children were rescued by emergency services in Victoria alone in this past year?

We say we know the risks of babies and children in hot cars but do we? Nine hundred Victorian parents got the shock of their lives when after dashing into the shops for a quick errand they cam...

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Newborn screening misses some deaf kids

Newborn screening misses some deaf kids

New research provides further evidence that some babies who pass their newborn hearing tests are found to be deaf or hard of hearing as young kids.

Some of those newborns may receive passing grades incorrectly, researchers said, but others can be born with good hearing but develop progressive hearing loss as babies and toddlers.

«A parent or a physician may think, ‘Oh, this child had passed the screen, so they must not have hearing loss,'» said Dr. David Chi, the study’s lead author from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

«Don’t depend on just the fact that (your ch...

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IVF pregnancies ‘increase blood clot risk’ in mothers

IVF pregnancies ‘increase blood clot risk’ in mothers

«A new study has found that women who undergo IVF have a higher risk of experiencing blood clots and pulmonary embolism while they are pregnant,» ITV News has reported.

These findings come from a Swedish study that looked at over 20,000 women who gave birth after conceiving through IVF, and compared them to over 100,000 similarly aged women who gave birth at around the same time having conceived naturally. It found that blood clots in the veins and in the lungs were more common during pregnancy in women who had conceived through IVF, particularly in the first trimester.

The chances of getting ...

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Safer roads near schools may mean fewer kids struck by cars

Safer roads near schools may mean fewer kids struck by cars

After New York City made the streets near some of its schools safer, the number of children struck by cars each year dropped substantially, a new study shows.

Researchers found that the rate of child pedestrian injuries during «school travel» hours fell by 44 percent around schools where the city made traffic changes. The changes included installing more traffic lights and speed bumps, putting islands in the center of wide streets, and setting up digital signs that tell drivers how fast they are going.

Experts say the findings point to the success of the National Safe Routes to School program,...

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